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The San Pedro Sun
CRFM fast tracks protocol for climate change and disaster risk management in fisheries and aquaculture
We know from the devastation wrought in the Caribbean last September by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, just how important it is for the region to step up its game in tackling climate change and the risks posed by natural disasters. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has recently inked an agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that will put the region on better footing to address the impacts of disasters on fishing communities.
The CRFM—the CARICOM agency which works to promote sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector—is a regional partner on the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It is under this umbrella that the new initiative is being implemented for the benefit of the CARICOM States.
San Pedro Tour Guide Association weighs in on the regulations addressing gill nets
The movement by the Government of Belize (GOB) to develop a task force to address the issues surrounding the use of gill nets in the country was applauded by the San Pedro Tourist Guide Association (SPTGA). The said taskforce will further monitor the use of gill nets in Belizean waters, hoping to eventually lead to the consideration of a total ban.
A gill net is a wall-like mesh that hangs in the water column designed to catch fish by allowing only their head to get through the net, thereby entrapping them by the gills. The main concern about this fishing practice is that it traps and kills both target and non-target fish species, including protected species. In a press release issued on Monday, February 19th, the SPTGA commended the decision by the government to reduce the harmful effects of gill nets on the Belizean marine eco-system.
BTB’s Hotel minimum standards to come into effect the end of 2018
A series of hotel regulations proposed by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), with the aim to improve the minimum standards for the hotel industry in the country, is expected to be officially legislated by the end of the year. The regulations focus on Health, Safety, Security, and Emergency measures. The BTB claims that they have been visiting different tourism chapters around the country, in particular, the accommodation sector, informing them of the regulation process and guiding them in preparation to comply with the regulations when they become policy. Herbert Haylock of the BTB stated that for three years, they have been consulting with different stakeholders around the country in order to come to a mutual agreement on the proposed regulations. According to him, after dialoguing and answering questions pertaining to the recommendations, they are now focusing mainly on the health and safety of the customers. “At the different hotels we have visited, we are inspecting their emergency plan if the staff is trained to deal with issues such as fires and emergency evacuations,” Haylock said.
Sagebrush Community Church holds ground-breaking ceremonies for their new church in San Pedro
The Sagebrush Community Church San Pedro Campus celebrated the groundbreaking of what will be their new meeting hall on Sunday, February 18th, near the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge north of San Pedro Town. The event marked the official commencement for the construction of a building that will serve as the Church’s congregational edifice on the island. Present at the short ceremony were members of the church along with invited guests. During and after the ground-breaking act, everyone was treated to tacos and refreshments.
Early on Sunday morning, Sagebrush, a non-denominational church with its headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the United States of America (USA), welcomed its hundreds of followers as they do every Sunday for their routine church service. However, this time the crowd was even bigger with the anticipated historical event of the ground-breaking. For the past four years, they had been meeting at the Paradise Theatre, while they raised funds to start building their church. According to congregation members, most of the funds for the project came from the different Sagebrush campuses around the USA.
Misc Belizean Sources
Basketball tournament organized by the Belize Police Department
180degree view. It gives the rival neighborhoods and the department an opportunity to socialize and communicate in a controlled but fun environment. There is also a mediation session to complement the tournament which travels to courts throughout Belize City.
BSAG OFFICERS CHARGED WITH MURDER!
On today's date, police arrested and charged Lennart Cajun, 29yrs, Police Constable assigned to Special Patrol Unit and Assigned to BSAG, of San Francisco street Orange Walk Town, Mateo Bolon 28yrs, of Jalacte Village Toledo, Patrick Villagran 31yrs of Ladyville, Patrick Diego 26yrs, of Pomona Village, Elvis Cob 33yrs, of San Victor village, Edmar Petillo 26yrs of Carmelita Village , Bladimir Escarraga 21yrs, of San Jose Village and Francis Sho 23 yrs, of Mountain view Belmopan all members of the Belize Defense Force assigned to BSAG for the crime of Murder and Attempt Murder.
Wedding & Honeymoon Fam Tour
Come out to the Street Art Festival this weekend!
Sculpture and Jewelry lovers from near and far come to Street Art Festival for the newest authentic creations from designers and creators. Artisans and the Belize Humane Society have everyone and their pets visiting their booth!
Yarborough Basketball Court Renovation
The The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project has begun works at the Yarborough Basketball Court. Workers have started to dig the footings for the metal roof structure. In the other picture students from Wesley College are eagerly awaiting the completion of the basketball court. The good news for the students and the community is that this is just the beginning; They will soon have something even better in their back yard. This project is being brought to the Yarborough community through the auspices of the Government of Belize through its agent the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and our partners: Taiwan ICDF, NICH and Belize City Council.
Street Art Festival 2018
As predicted people already out getting their Food Fix on! Artists already making sales on Jewelry, Sculpture, and Paintings!
Come on out and be a part of the pARTy on Albert Street!
Come pARTy With Us!
“If we continue on this path we will certainly crash”: Financial Secretary
An internal text message sent my Financial Secretary Joseph Waight to Government CEOs has been leaked to the media. In the message, Waight who has confirmed its authenticity says that the Ministry of Finance is quote, “being overwhelmed with requests for reallocations and dereservations of “savings” identified in various accounts.” End of quote. Waight tells …
Police investigates fatal BDF beating
Seven members of the Belize Defense Force and one police officer are in police custody following the fatal beating of 46-year-old Ariel Audinette. A post-mortem examination this afternoon revealed that he died due to blunt force trauma. He was beaten so bad that his kidneys and liver ruptured. The men who are accused of causing …
Venezuelan Foreign Minister and PM Barrow discussed PetroCaribe
Earlier in the month, we told you about the visit of Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza here in Belize. Arreaza met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow to discuss matters of mutual interest. According to Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, matters of mutual interest included PetroCaribe. Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary “The Venezuelans I believe are doing the …
‘There is no $2.1 million dollars in the Ministry of Education’: Fin Sec
The Financial Secretary was also asked about reports that the Ministry of Education found 13 million dollars to pay for school fees for selected students. These students were reportedly selected by UDP Campaigners as the March 7 election nears. Here is how Joseph Waight responded. Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary “I don’t know about $2.1 million, …
Cultural King, Florencio Mes, celebrates 80th birthday
Cultural King, Florencio Mes is celebrating his 80th Birthday today. Mes is known as one of the three cultural kinds of Belize as he has been keeping Mayan musical traditions alive since he was a teenage boy. Love news spoke with Mes this morning. Hipolito Novelo, Love News Reporter “Mr. Mes, Happy Birthday sir.” Florencio …
Are Belize’s coffers dry?
Several local media houses have reported possession of an internal text message sent from the Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, which paints a dismal picture of Belize’s economy.
Stations such as Plus TV and Love Fm claim to have come in possession of the alleged text sent to Chief Executive Officers, telling them to cease accounting queries, because the Government of Belize simply does not have any money.
The screenshots have been shared on several media pages, and even more from person to person. However, the Reporter noted that the screenshots only contain the name “Joe” at the bottom and do not proove that they originated from the FinSec’s phone.
Street Art Festival 2018 comes to Albert Street
Over 2000 people took to downtown Belize City on saturday, for the 8th annual Street Art Festival, hosted by the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH).
The event gathered more than 20 businesses and over 50 artisans to showcase a variety of items, many of which were on sale at discounted rates. NICH blocked off Albert Street from the Belize Bank, down to South Street (just after Wesley Church) for the festival.
The festivities included live entertainment on two separate stages for adults and kids, face painting drumming, live artwork demonstrations, and items such as sculptures, wood carvings, paintings and jewellery for sale.
Gas shortage imminent
Belize is about to experience mass disruptions in businesses countrywide, due to an imminent shortage of fuel.
The Reporter has been reliably informed that the container which was to resupply the country with fuel is near Belize, but cannot come in to unload because the Government of Belize has not paid for it as yet.
Sources tell the Reporter that representatives acting on behalf of GOB have visited several gas stations telling them to ration the amount of fuel they sell to each customer, because if stocks deplete before the situation is resolved, there will be no fuel to replace it with. Gas stations may begin rationing as early as Saturday, February 24.
The Reporter will follow up with the relevant authorities to see how GOB intends to resolve the matter before it becomes critical.
Breaking Belize News
Eight law men charged for murder
By BBN Staff: Today, police arrested and charged Lennart Cajun, 29, police constable assigned to the Special Patrol Unit; Mateo Bolon, 28; Patrick Villagran,31; Patrick Diego, 26; Elvis Cob, 33; Edmar Petillo, 26; Bladimir Escarraga, 21; and Francis Sho, 23, all members of the Belize Defense Force, assigned to the Belize Special Assignment Group (BSAG), for the crime of murder and attempted murder.
PACT earmarks $3.5 million for new conservation investments
Yesterday, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) announced a new funding strategy for Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS).
This Conservation Investment Strategy will ensure the allocation of funds for long-term support towards the achievement of priority actions within priority ecosystems.
UNCAC experts visit to Belize postponed
By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize today announced that the upcoming United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) country visit to Belize by the governmental experts from Haiti and Tuvalu, scheduled for February 27th to March 1st, 2018, has been postponed.
Man, 53, arrested for drug trafficking close to 8 lbs of weed
By BBN Staff: A man was arrested on Thursday morning at a police checked point between miles 73 and 74 on the Philip Goldson Highway.
According to police reports, the man, Harold Grant was seated on the back of a bus with a bag that contained close to 8 pounds of marijuana.
Prominent Attorney passes
By BBN Staff: Attorney at Law, Jose Amir Cardona passed away on Thursday night.
Cardona was a well established Belizean attorney with a Certificate in Public Administration, LLB (HONs) from the University of the West Indies , and a certificate in legal education from Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica.
Heavy rains ruin agricultural crops
By BBN Staff: According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the rainfall experienced in January and February have caused uncalculated damage to the agricultural industry, hindering the production of grains, fruits, root crops, and vegetables.
US and Belize sign cultural property agreement
By BBN Staff: Today, the Government of the United States and the Government of Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material of Belize.
1 police officer and 7 soldiers detained for beating Orange Walk man to death
By BBN Staff: The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will decide whether or not to charge seven Belize Defence Force soldiers and a police officer with murder after they brutally beat a man who later died from his injuries in Orange Walk.
Does leaked Fin Sec correspondence signal gasoline shortage?
By BBN Staff: An allegedly leaked correspondence from the Financial Secretary (FinSec), Joseph Waight is raising concerns that Belize may be facing a nationwide shortage of gasoline.
Eileen Ogintz Shares the Spring Break Magic of Belize!
Takingthekids.com ‘s Eileen Ogintz joins Dane to share the amazing and under the radar elements of an adventure in Belize! Hear about coral reefs, Mayan ruins, eco resorts and more, plus the warm people and ways that Belize cam be the perefect fit for your family this spring!
Jaguars Facing Increased Threats
Jaguars once roamed from the tip of South America up through Central America into modern day Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. This big cat has seen its numbers decrease over the years in spite of many efforts to protect the jaguar and save those who remain.
One of the major threats to jaguar populations is habitat reduction. Currently, jaguars only live in about half of their former range. Deforestation and the expansion of the human population have caused a step reduction in jaguar numbers.
Jaguars are also under a great threat from poaching. Poaching of jaguars has increased greatly in just the past couple of years due to a demand in the Asian medicine market for jaguar fangs.
Conserving the ocean of life
Our oceans provide a vital source of food and resources for people, underpinning trillions of dollars of economic activity worldwide! Incredible, isn’t it?
However, the ocean is facing increasing amounts of stress, resulting in widespread damage, like the bleaching of coral reefs species :( Here’s why that’s happening - when the ocean becomes too warm, corals can expel the algae which lives on them, thus losing their primary food source. This causes them to turn pale or completely white. Corals don’t always die after a bleaching episode. If heat conditions decrease, they may be able to recover! But if the heat remains, it stresses them and makes them more prone to disease, reducing their chances of survival.
Orange Walk Mayoral Candidates, 38min.
Central American Rattlesnake, 1/2min. Safely released! It was actually a bit larger than I estimated yesterday. Exceeding 5 1/2 feet.
How To Belize, 3min.
Ross And Angie Miller Wedding, 13min. Angie and Ross Miller were married in San Pedro, Caye Ambergris, Belize on January 13, 2018.
Adventures in Belize, 4min. Belize is a beautiful and fun country to visit! We had a great time diving, eating, hiking, and exploring
Yellow Backed Orioles in Belize, 3min. Yellow Backed Orioles feeding on nectar on Ambergris Caye, Belize.
My dive in Belize with my amazing friend Linda Shelley, 7min. This was a dive along the reef in Ambergris Caye. My amazing friend Linda Shelley hooked us up with a great dive master (Sam Lin). This is the dive. Linda was looking to spear lionfish to feed the sharks.
BELIZE 2018 snorkeling en una isla paradisiaca, 15min.
Belize 2018, 13min.
Belize 2018 roadtrip 4K, 7min. Voyage au bélize en février 2018.
Belize Honeymoon, 5min. Thank you everyone that helped to make this trip wonderful trip happen for us. Honeymoon in Belize, November 2017
Welcome to Belize by the Sea On Mellowvision'TV, 3.5min.
Catching Lobster in Belize, 3min.
Howler monkeys, Monkey River, Belize, 1/2min. This was hard to describe, so we got some footage. Turn the volume way up!
Belmopan Bandits SC vs BDF FC, 2.5hr.
Street Art Festival!!!, 4.5min.